Suggested stuff to buy this gift giving season #6 – Somnium

Written in the early years of the 21st century, when the author (Steve Moore) was engaged in dream-explorations and mystical practices centred on the Greek moon-goddess Selene, Somnium is an intensely personal and highly-embroidered fictional tapestry that weaves together numerous historical and stylistic variations on the enduring myth of Selene and Endymion. Ranging through the 16th to 21st centuries, it combines mediæval, Elizabethan, Gothic and Decadent elements in a fantastic romance of rare imagination.

With its delirious and heartbroken text spiralling out from the classical myth of Endymion and the Greek lunar goddess Selene, Somnium is an extraordinary odyssey through love and loss and lunacy, illuminated by the silvery moonlight of its exquisite language.

With an afterword by Alan Moore, whose biographical piece Unearthing details the life of his friend and mentor Steve Moore, and includes the circumstances surrounding the writing of  Somnium.

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Coming Soon: SteamPunk Magazine, The First Years: Issues #1-7

Although steampunk has been around as a genre since the 1980s, it came into its own as a subculture and artistic movement in the mid-oughts of the twenty-first century.

In these first issues of SteamPunk Magazine, some out of print for years, there are articles and interviews on music, fashion, politics, history, and mad science. Groundbreaking steampunk fiction and breathtaking illustration run beside bizarre philosophy and manifestos. Learn to etch copper, to build a pennyfakething from an old bike or a jacob’s ladder from trash. Discover vertical windmills or sew a pair of spats.

Here collected now are over 400 pages of awesome steampunkery. SteamPunk Magazine has always been known for keeping the punk in steampunk, for being willing to celebrate steampunk subculture as a part of the global counterculture.

The volume is introduced by the illustrious Jake von Slatt and features a cover illustrated by the remarkable John Coulthart.

ISBN: 978-0-9834971-5-8

Coming in Autumn 2011 from Combustion Books

Featuring interviews with:
Abney Park
Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society
The Chronabelle
I-Wei Huang
Donna Lynch & Steven Archer
The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing
Michael Moorcock
Alan Moore
Sunday Driver
Dr. Steel
Thomas Truax
Ann & Jeff VanderMeer

Writing by:
Benjamin Bagenski
Usul of the Blackfoot
Libby Bulloff
Katherine Casey
The Catastrophone Orchestra
Andy Clark
Nicholas Cowley
Leah Dearborn
Carolyn Dougherty
David Dowling
Austin Dyches
Charles Eberhardt
Dylan Fox
Molly Friedrich
Joshua Gage
Jaymee Goh
Cheshire S. Grin
C. Lance Hall
Brenda Hammack
J.T. Hand
C. Allegra Hawksmoor
Olga Izakson
Allie Kerr
Margaret Killjoy
Donna Lynch
Richard Marsden
Robin Martin
Keith Newstead
Prof. Offlogic
A.M. Paulson
Johnny Payphone
Al-leen the Peacemaker
Rachel E. Pollock
Heather Pund
John Reppion
Jake von Slatt
Bruce Sterling
Will Strop
Lord Dr. Richard von Tropp
David X. Wiggin
B. Zedan
Zac Zunin

And artwork from:
Ben Anaman
Steven Archer
Benjamin Bagenski
Paul Ballard
Ms. Scary Boots
John Coulthart
Stanley Donwood
Sarah Dungan
Colin Foran
Fabiola Garza
Doctor Geof
Lisa Grabenstetter
Ivo Gregurec
Sam Haney
Allison Healy
Claire Hummel
Nick Kole
Ivan McCann
K.W. Moore
Leah Moore
Juan Navarro
Eric Orchard
Laura Pelick
Rob Powell
Amanda Rehagen
Fabio Romeu
Emily Trow
Suzanne Walsh
Tim Wilson

Never miss a very important date again

Artist and designer du jour Mr. John Coulthart has just unleashed his Psychedelic Wonderland 2010 calendar upon the world.  Ideal for marking the release dates of The Complete Alice in Wonderland and other important appointments on.  Click on the image below to visit Mr. Coulthart’s Cafe Press shop.